Today I decided to write more details about a critical issue – time scale or approximate timing after you hit the button “Submit” for your Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. Please, follow my timeline to estimate a time-consuming process of applying for this visa route.
Monday, September 5, 2016 – I made an online application for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. Since according to the legislation I needed to send hard copies of docs too, I have done this on the same day.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – I got notification from the Home Office that one of my payments (visa fee) was rejected. The second payment – IHS was fine. However, I provided a positive balance of my bank account to prove my financial ability to pay. It was an automatical issue in banking and Home Office payment system. It took nine days to solve this problem.
Friday, September 16, 2016 – I received a notification that payment was cleared successfully and my Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application was sent to Tech City UK (it was the first name of Tech Nation).
Friday, September 30, 2016 – I got my Endorsement letter from Tech City UK, sent by Home Office
Saturday, October 1, 2016 – I applied for Stage 2.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 – I got an approval of my Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa with a supporting letter, which explains the further essential aspects:
- My Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa was valid, starting from October 14, 2016, till October 14, 2017 (since I have applied for a one-year visa).
- Vignette in the passport was valid for 30 days from the date of its issue. In other words, from October 14, 2016, until November 13, 2016.
- I had ten days to collect Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) of arriving at the UK.
- If I fail to enter the UK within provided 30 days, I can apply for a vignette transfer, but it requires extra fee cost.
- My BRP was ready for collection from October 21, 2016. It is one week after the date of issue a visa.
Everything was clear. The only issue for me was the fact that my dependents did not have their visas at that time. We decided to apply separately; that is why, exactly after I got my visa, I applied for Exceptional Talent Partner Visa and Exceptional Talent Child Visa on the same day I got my visa.
And this type of visa applications was straightforward – they do not require two stages. Hence, on October 31, 2016, we got our visas (I mean vignettes in the passports). In addition to this, I must mention three essential details:
- vignette in dependent’s passport was valid till October 31, 2016;
- Tier 1 Exceptional Partner & Child Visas were given for the period of the primary holder’s visa – till October 14, 2017;
- dependent’s BRP will be available after November 7, 2016.
At the same time, we had just 14 days before my vignette will be expired! Hence, it was time to fly.
We arrived in the UK on November 6, 2016.
On November 10 we went to pick-up our BRPs.
This is a brief timeline but if you have any questions about timing – let me know, I will be glad to share my knowledge with you.